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Print and Verify Packaging Codes

Print, inspect, and verify packaging for additional quality control

Print and Verify Packaging Codes
Quality Control

Quality Control

Print and verify systems are used to confirm the presence and accuracy of product data on labels and packages. Changes to product data need to be transmitted to both the printer and the inspection system. Our Mark & Verify systems have the option to connect to both the printer and camera, enabling the operator to setup batch-constant print and verification. In addition, the systems perform presence, quality or reference checks such as readability of printed codes, text or images. Our Mark &a...

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Print and verify systems are used to confirm the presence and accuracy of product data on labels and packages. Changes to product data need to be transmitted to both the printer and the inspection system. Our Mark & Verify systems have the option to connect to both the printer and camera, enabling the operator to setup batch-constant print and verification. In addition, the systems perform presence, quality or reference checks such as readability of printed codes, text or images. Our Mark & Verify systems support a variety of package sizes and shapes such as labels, cartons, boxes, bottles or vials. 

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Presence Checks

Retailers rely on codes such as expiration dates and lot numbers to restock their shelves and issue recalls when needed. If your product is missing that information, a retailer will return the product and potentially issue a fine for failure to meet expected standards. Checking the final packaging is therefore critical to meet brand standards and to make sure nothing has gone wrong during the packaging process.

Although high-speed production equipment is designed to run smoothly, errors can still...

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Retailers rely on codes such as expiration dates and lot numbers to restock their shelves and issue recalls when needed. If your product is missing that information, a retailer will return the product and potentially issue a fine for failure to meet expected standards. Checking the final packaging is therefore critical to meet brand standards and to make sure nothing has gone wrong during the packaging process.

Although high-speed production equipment is designed to run smoothly, errors can still happen. This can have a negative impact on your labeling. For example, contaminated label rolls may be the cause of labels no longer adhering, or the print heads may become clogged. This in turn affects the quality of the labels and printed codes. Presence checks verify that labels have been applied, printed codes are present or key imagery is correct (e.g. warning symbols, etc.)

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Presence Checks
Quality Checks

Quality Checks

To verify the readability of product labels, quality checks are performed on printed information to identify smeared ink on labels, cartons or bottles. If a printed code is not machine readable, it could cause disruption in processing through distribution channels requiring human intervention to read the code - this is not always possible, as most processes are automated. Verifying machine readability of text, codes or images contributes to a smooth production and distribution process. Our Mark ...

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To verify the readability of product labels, quality checks are performed on printed information to identify smeared ink on labels, cartons or bottles. If a printed code is not machine readable, it could cause disruption in processing through distribution channels requiring human intervention to read the code - this is not always possible, as most processes are automated. Verifying machine readability of text, codes or images contributes to a smooth production and distribution process. Our Mark & Verify Systems install easily and offer reliable and accurate printing, plus verification of variable product data. 

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Reference Checks

Instructions for use, expiration dates, product names and storage instructions are mandatory requirements for labeling in many segments, including the pharmaceutical and food industry. Using a master image to verify that these important reference texts are present on a label confirms that the product meets requirements for consumer safety. With a Mark & Verify System, manufacturers can easily add printed information on the label or package as requirements change to support ongoing compliance...

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Instructions for use, expiration dates, product names and storage instructions are mandatory requirements for labeling in many segments, including the pharmaceutical and food industry. Using a master image to verify that these important reference texts are present on a label confirms that the product meets requirements for consumer safety. With a Mark & Verify System, manufacturers can easily add printed information on the label or package as requirements change to support ongoing compliance.

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Reference Checks
Easy Setup and Upgrade Capabilities

Easy Setup and Upgrade Capabilities

Mark & Verify Systems utilize PLM Mark & Verify software with Presence, Quality and Reference checks. The software is simple and easy to use, offering fast, on-site setup without complex integration into the IT infrastructure. It allows you to print, inspect and verify a variety of codes, alphanumeric text or artwork to maximize product packaging quality. As your requirements evolve, easily upgrade to PLM Serialization or PLM Aggregation with the same intuitive software in...

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Mark & Verify Systems utilize PLM Mark & Verify software with Presence, Quality and Reference checks. The software is simple and easy to use, offering fast, on-site setup without complex integration into the IT infrastructure. It allows you to print, inspect and verify a variety of codes, alphanumeric text or artwork to maximize product packaging quality. As your requirements evolve, easily upgrade to PLM Serialization or PLM Aggregation with the same intuitive software interface.

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FAQ's

What's the difference between mark & verify and serialization?

Mark & verify refers to the process of marking (printing) information to a package and verifying (inspecting) it to ensure the package is correctly presented. Presence, Quality or Reference checks are available for the marking and verifying process. Choose our solutions for applications such as batch constant verification processes, or to verify the print quality of product codes, text or images. The collected data (images, rejected product info or errors) is stored locally on the system and can be retrieved if necessary for auditing purposes.

Serialization consists of applying a unique identifying number to a product for the individual salable unit. This number is recorded by software subsequently connected to a central database. Third party vendors, retailers, or government authorities will have access to this database in order to check the authenticity of a product. Since the data collected is stored centrally, it can also be retrieved for auditing very easily

Why choose Mark & Verify?

Using Mark & Verify allows you to setup additional quality control checks for your manufacturing processes, without the significant investment of software integration into existing processes. The Mark & Verify systems maintain local storage (still in support of compliance for auditing), but without the needed complexity to tie in with MES or ERP systems for serialization data.  Use for inspections where typical packaging or labeling errors occur – install after labeling processes or where print heads require frequent cleaning to ensure you catch issues early.

For those with serialization processes in place from METTLER TOLEDO, the software provides a familiar interface for users already trained on the PLM software. Additionally, by using the Mark & Verify systems, you can easily upgrade as your needs change.

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How do I upgrade from PLM Mark & Verify to PLM Serialization?

Since the user interface is built on the PLM platform, the upgrade from PLM Mark & Verify to PLM Serialization is easy for existing operators. With every project from METTLER TOLEDO, we work with you to outline the core requirements following four steps for project management: 1) Consultation, 2) Project Definition, 3) Implementation and 4) Operations Support. Throughout this process, we offer a comprehensive review of processes, regulations, security considerations and budget to ensure you receive the right solution to suit your business.

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